New Publication Launch 31st May in Barcelona

Bego Anton - The Earth is Only a Little Dust Under Our Feet
Bego Antón photo

Our new publication, The Earth is Only a Little Dust Under Our Feet is now shipping and is already a hit on the playground! This special book documented in Iceland will make you a believer – in elves, monsters, and other phenomena. See all the fascinating details, and please join us for its official release!

BOOK LAUNCH Thursday, 31st MAY IN BARCELONA (Event on Facebook here)
From 7-10pm at Montoya, Carrer D´Avila 32, 08005

With presentations by the author Bego Antón and the clairvoyant Bryndís Pétursdottir, with elf Þórsteinn. Sponsored by Con Vino Afortunado wine and Polaroid.

If you’re in Barcelona, don’t miss it!

Disappearance of Joseph Plummer shortlisted for PHE18

PHotoESPANA2018 - Ana Zaragoza Photo
Photo: © Ana Zaragoza

PHotoESPAÑA have announced their shortlist for the Best Photography Book of the Year 2018, and The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willett has made the cut! The selected books were chosen for their production quality and originality, and will be exhibited at the Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain) from 6 June to 23 September 2018. Well done Amani!

Overlapse at D’ARK ROOM in Seoul

Overlapse books at D'ARK ROOM in Seoul
Image by D’ARK ROOM

It’s a thrill to see all of our publications to date featured together at the D’ARK ROOM bookshop in downtown Seoul, South Korea! This beautiful space is operated by Datz Press, and along with publishing their own titles they also offer workshops in bookmaking. Check them out!

The Tree of Life is Eternally Green – 2018 Arts Libris Prize

Tree of Life is Eternally Green - ArtsLibris

We’re very excited to report that The Tree of Life is Eternally Green has been recognised with the 2018 Arts Libris – Fundació Banc de Sabadell Prize! A specialist jury of 11 members selected outstanding books from all displays at the annual Arts Libris bookfair on 23 April at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona. Selected books and editions are acquired by the Banco de Arte Collection Sabadell for their Artist Books Collection. Congratulations to the photographers Pascual Martínez + Vincent Sáez for creating this beautiful work!

New publication: The Tree of Life is Eternally Green

The Tree of Life is Eternally Green - Martinez & Saez

We have just released our latest labour of love, The Tree of Life is Eternally Green by Pascual Martínez + Vincent Sáez – and it’s a beauty!

We like to call it ‘an intimate notebook’ which reflects the actual process of its creation, and the feeling we hope you’ll get as you hold it in your hands and leaf through it.

It was nearly two years ago that we first met Pascual and Vincent, in Arles in 2016, where they showed their book dummy in a Voies Off portfolio review. Their passion was contagious, we agreed to work together, and since then the book has evolved through more than a few versions of sequences and designs.

The final book is the culmination of work the duo made during several explorations around Romania, since 2014. They forged their own path through the country’s landscape, guided by an affinity with the strong connections that Romanians have with nature. Over 6000km were travelled by walking and hitchhiking, by car, bus, and train. Their earthy (and analog) approach to photography results in a celebration of Romanian people and their traditions, the untamed landscape, and the country’s rich flora.

Along their journey Pascual and Vincent collected leaves and flowers growing in places where they photographed, pressing them into their notebooks. These flora appear on transparent pages throughout the book.
The Tree of Life is Eternally Green - Pascual Martinez & Vincent Saez
When they met landscaper Minerva Luca during their travels, they discovered she created striking botanical drawings and asked her to contribute her artwork, which she was happy to do. Her illustrations of Romanian flowers and leaves feature on the front and back covers, and in 10 pages at the back of the book, reproduced on a luxurious art paper.

In all this unassuming ‘notebook’ is presented on four paper stocks (mostly 100% recycled) with papers mixed throughout the interior. This design feature presented a massive production challenge that required manual assembly (by a human!) and extra care in the finishing of each individual book object. We hope this special labour can be instantly felt when you hold a copy for yourself! X
The Tree of Life is Eternally Green - Pascual Martinez & Vincent Saez
Illustrations by Minerva Luca

Pascual and Vincent are currently touring around Spain, presenting the book! You can follow their news at ninorojo.com and on Instagram @ninorojoproject

Photobooks of 2017 / End of Year Roundup

Overlapse has had a terrific year making photobooks and setting them free into the wild!

A highlight for us was rounding up at Polycopies in Paris, where we met some visionary publishers and connected with wonderful new friends from around the world. The directors Sebastian and Laurent curate and organise a rocking annual event (this year covered in live video by The New York Times). It was an incredible experience and we hope to see you there in 2018!

December brought surprises with the annual, semi-notorious ‘end of year’ lists, highlighting some of the ‘best’ photobooks released 2017 according to critics, collectors, booksellers, curators, photographers and more. Although loads of great photobooks are inevitably overlooked and under-seen, it’s been exciting to discover that two of our publications have been particularly noteworthy. We want to share our successes with all of our supporters, so if you’re interested do check out the links below to read what selectors had to say (writing thoughtfully about their choices in many cases) and discover some excellent books published in 2017:

Beyond Drifting by Mandy Barker:
* Ten Best Photography Books of 2017, Smithsonian Magazine
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Laura M. André, Photo-eye Book Division Manager
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Sara Terry, Publisher & Guggenheim Fellow
* Photobookstore Magazine Photobooks of 2017, selected by David Solo, Collector
* Photobookstore Magazine Photobooks of 2017, selected by 10×10 Photobooks Team
* Photobook Phenomenon Choice of 2017, selected by Bint photoBooks, Collector
* Selected Photobooks of 2017, Women Photograph
* Artist Edition highlighted by David Solo and Hyperallergic

Laura M. André on Beyond Drifting: “This conceptually rich photobook is the sleeper of the year. Think Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species meets Anna Atkins’ Cyanotypes of British Algae. From the faded and stained cover to the facsimile pages of creased, mold spotted, bleed-through paper, Mandy Barker’s brilliantly conceived, designed, and executed faux-Victorian photobook deftly addresses the contemporary, global environmental crisis of plastic ocean debris… This book is a knockout!”

The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willett:
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Aline Smithson, Editor in Chief of LENSCRATCH
* Really Good Photobooks Published in 2017, selected by Humble Arts Foundation NY
* Favorite Photobooks of 2017, selected by Suzanne Révy and Elin Spring
* PDN Editors’ Pick, 2017 Gift Guide

Aline Smithson on The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer: “It’s incredibly difficult to speak to a Best Book, but I am a longtime fan of how Amani Willett tells stories… Presented as surreal and cinematic storytelling, The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer is the perfect combination of nightmares and daydreams, beautifully mysterious and intriguing, in the style of all good novels.”

We’ll end 2017 with A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has looked at our books this year, to all who made a purchase, and to those of you who helped spread the word about our photographers/artists and publications in media, social networks and in real life! We couldn’t do all this work without your support, and the experiences of 2017 have energised us – we’re bubbling with anticipation to show you our upcoming projects in 2018.

All best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Further reading:
See Photobookstore Magazine’s Photobooks of 2017 – All lists
See Photo-eye’s Best Books of 2017 – Full list
See the ‘Meta-list’ of Favourite Photobooks of 2017 – Compiled by Viory Schellekens